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Rolls-Royce To End Phantom Production

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The current Rolls-Royce Phantom will end production at the end of this year, paving the way for the next-generation luxury saloon to arrive in around 2018.

 

Announcing the end of production, Rolls-Royce boss Torsten Müller-Otvos confirmed that the current Phantom Coupé and Drophead Phantom models will be axed from the new range.

Autocar understands the dropping of the Coupé and Drophead versions of the Phantom are part of a rationalisation of the Rolls-Royce range. Buyers seeking a Rolls-Royce coupé now have the Ghost and Wraith, while the recently launched Dawn caters for the convertible market. The Convertible and Coupé versions of the Phantom were launched in 2007 and 2008 respectively.

 

The final 50 versions of the Phantom Coupé and Drophead will be commemorated under the “Phantom Zenith” banner when they are built in November.

Owners of the Phantom Zenith models – many of which are expected to be Rolls-Royce collectors – will receive cars which feature laser-etched armrests depicting the launch locations of each car, bespoke instruments and a special Spirit of Ecstasy figure. A ‘money can’t buy’ portable memento is also promised.

 

Rolls-Royce design boss Giles Taylor said: “As the name promises, Zenith will be the pinnacle; the best of its kind; the highest standard achievable by which everything else is judged. Zenith will be the sum of all the best features of Phantom Coupé and Drophead Coupé, with a few surprises added. We expect huge demand for these 50 fine motor cars as we shall not look upon their like again.”

The next-generation Phantom will be the second of a new generation of Rolls-Royce models to switch to an all-aluminium architecture, which has already entered testing and will eventually underpin the entire model range. The first car to feature the new architecture will be the ‘Cullinan’ SUV.

Rolls-Royce is likely to choose a modern, evolutionary design for the new Phantom. Speaking to Autocar earlier this year, Taylor said the new model would come with “more charisma and more edge,” and wouldn’t be as formal looking as today’s car.

 

 

Among the many advantages brought by the new architecture will be the possibility of hybrid and electric powertrains – which are a near certainty for the next-generation Phantom. As many Phantoms spend their time in increasingly polluted cities, a low-emission variant of the next Phantom is seen as essential.

 

Also expected are the latest semi-autonomous driving systems, including lane assist and active steering, and a gesture-controlled and connected infotainment system.

Müller-Otvos said: “I am proud and excited to announce that a new Phantom is on the way – a contemporary and beautiful Phantom enhanced with cutting-edge technologies and design innovations. Any new Phantom is an historic and important moment in automotive history and we are working hard on perfecting the Phantom VIII.”

 

The current, seventh-generation Rolls-Royce Phantom was launched in 2003, so a replacement is long overdue.

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Mass Scale Governmental Digitization launched by the Government

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In 4,775 state-owned secondary schools, approximately 75 % of Kerala’s 45,000 classrooms have been made high-tech with projectors,laptops, speakers and numerous equipment. Along with the academic year beginning in June,suit will be followed by the rest of the schools.

As a part of the government’s Public Education Rejuvenation Mission the initiative is taken and is being implemented by govt. ltd. Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE).

“34,500 classrooms already provided with laptops, projectors, projector ceiling mounting kits, USB speakers and screens in addition to high-speed broadband internet connectivity”, said KITE Vice Chairman K. Anvar Sadath.

One lakh teachers has been started to receive training for handling the various equipment.

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Farhan Akhtar finally puts an end to the rumours about Don 3

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New Delhi: The third instalment of 2006’s ‘Don’ starring Shah Rukh Khan, has been making rounds for the speculations on its star cast. The Farhan Akhtar‘s directorial was a remake of 1978’s ‘Don’, featuring Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role.

Several media reports stated that Farhan himself will act in the film and essay the role of a cop. However, earlier today, Farhan has put an end to the speculations.

The ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ actor tweeted, “Request those who conjure up news about #Don3 without any fact checking to please refrain”. Furthermore, he urged those people to not mislead the fans of the franchise and wrote, “It is not fair to raise expectations of the film’s fanbase via false news”.

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12-year-old kerala Boy becomes India’s ‘youngest father’

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A 12-year-old boy from Kerala became the youngest dad in India after he fathered a child with a 16-year-old.

The young mother gave birth to a baby girl a few months ago at a hospital in Ernakulam.

The children belong to Kochi, about 200 km from Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram.

Police said tests confirmed that he is the father of the two-month-old baby girl. The young mother is the boy’s first cousin and were neighbours.

NDTV said on Friday, adding that paternity tests showed the eight standard student could be India’s youngest dad.

The Hindu also reported that DNA tests have confirmed that the boy is indeed the biological father of the child.

Doctors believe that the boy could have a medical condition called “precocious puberty” which made him attain puberty at an earlier age which is why he is being believed to be the youngest father in India.

The girl had alleged that she had been raped by the boy following which a case has been registered against him, they said. However, when questioned, the boy blamed the girl for the relationship and hence a case has been registered against the young mother.

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